360-degree coral reef tunnel opens at Newport Aquarium

Newport Aquarium, located across the river from Cincinnati at 1 Levee Way in Newport, Kentucky, is celebrating opening weekend for its all-new Coral Reef Tunnel. The tunnel, which boasts 360-degree views of the 60,000-gallon walk-through exhibit, officially kicks-off opening weekend on Friday, March 11.

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Newport Aquarium, located across the river from Cincinnati at 1 Levee Way in Newport, Kentucky, is celebrating opening weekend for its all-new Coral Reef Tunnel. The tunnel, which boasts 360-degree views of the 60,000-gallon walk-through exhibit, officially kicks-off opening weekend on Friday, March 11.

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More than 50 species of ocean wildlife are swimming with excitement this weekend as a new exhibit opens at Newport Aquarium.

The aquarium, located across the river from Cincinnati at 1 Levee Way in Newport, Ky., has opened its all-new Coral Reef Tunnel to the public. The tunnel, which boasts 360-degree views of the 60,000-gallon walk-through exhibit, has officially opened.

Among the species represented in the coral reef is the Bluespine unicornfish with its prominent horn-like forehead, according to a Newport Aquarium release. Visitors will also find multiple species of adorable pufferfish and get to watch young angelfish dramatically change color and pattern as they grow up on the reef.

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Tickets may be bought in-advance online at newportaquarium.com.

“We’re always proud to bring something new and improved to the region,” said Rebecca Foster, Newport Aquarium’s Executive Director. “This is the spectacular coral reef that Cincy deserves and it’s also a great chance for us to educate the community about the importance and plight of coral reefs in the wild.”

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